Hamilton's Silverstone Win 'Shows How Much Speed He Still Has' Say Red Bull Bosses

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Monday, 08 July 2024 at 14:00
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Lewis Hamilton's incredible victory at Silverstone Circuit during the 12th round of the 2024 season earned him praise from Red Bull bosses Christian Horner and Helmut Marko.
The seven-time World Champion started the race from the first row on the grid, alongside his teammate George Russell, knowing this was the best opportunity he has had so far this season to score a victory.
The 2024 British Grand Prix was one of the trickiest races so far, with track conditions changing multiple times from dry to wet.
In the dry, Mercedes had the edge over their rivals, but as soon as it started raining, McLarens started coming towards the front and overtook both Mercedes drivers.
However, what made the difference later on, according to the seven-time World Champion, were the right strategic calls on when to pit for intermediate and slick tires.
In his last pit stop, the 39-year-old Mercedes driver was able to undercut Lando Norris in the lead of the race, and he was able to maintain that gap for the remaining laps, even when Max Verstappen started charging towards the front.
The Dutchman might have caught up with Hamilton, but he didn't have enough laps, which meant he finished in the second place. Red Bull's Helmut Marko told Sky Sports Germany:

"You can only congratulate him [Lewis Hamilton], because he held on brilliantly on a dry track."

"You then see his strength in terms of tire management. Lewis did a great job, and that just shows how much speed and experience he still has."

The Briton didn't have the fastest car in all stages of the race, but he was the most consistent overall, and that was also part of the reason why he was able to bring Silver Arrows their second victory of the season.
Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner also congratulated the seven-time World Champion after the race, as he said:

"You've got to congratulate Lewis. He is a fierce competitor, I know this one means a lot to him. A popular win, and well-deserved."